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31 Dec, 2022 08:21

The big questions for Russian sport in 2023

The outgoing year has been a challenging one for many of Russia’s athletes, but some positive signs are on the horizon
The big questions for Russian sport in 2023

Sanctions, suspensions, being stripped of major events. Russian sport has certainly been put through the wringer in 2022.

After Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine, the nation’s sporting professionals have become collateral damage in the broader anti-Russian campaign which broke out.

Athletes have fallen victim to politics, unable to practice their trades on the international stage despite the mantra that sport should supposedly be immune from cross-border conflicts and intragovernmental rows. 

The trend was precipitated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the end of February, and has led to a multitude of federations directing a frenzy of bans and bluster at Russia’s sportsmen and women throughout the past ten months.

But as a turbulent year draws to a close, there are signs that 2023 could bring some welcome relief for Russian sport.